Clothing Line Frees Up Dialysis Patient Access

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For many college students, class is just filler between parties and road trips. Staying awake is often a moral victory. But for three recent graduates of Miami University in Ohio, their moral victory is a more productive feat; an idea they spawned in class will help dialysis patients be more comfortable during treatments.

Seniors in Miami’s entrepreneurship program participate in a capstone class that combines everything the students learned in four years and culminates in the creation of a business plan they present to investors.

At the onset, Megan Stengel spoke to the class about an idea to help dialysis patients. She proposed a business that would make outfits with hidden zippers on shirt sleeves that would make it more comfortable and easy for dialysis patients—or any other patient using intravenous lines—to undergo treatments.

“When Megan said dialysis my ears perked up,” said fellow classmate Tess Schuster. Stengel’s mother is on dialysis as is Schuster’s grandfather. “He’s always talking about how cold he is in the centers,” Schuster said. He often wears golf shirts to dialysis to make his arm more accessible, but they often don’t keep him warm enough. “I knew it was a great idea. It would keep him warmer and keep him comfortable.”

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